Hope is an Echo

“Hope is an Echo” is part of the Passages: Monotypes by Clare Winslow exhibition in the Passage Gallery.

Clare is frequently inspired by the work of poets.

Hope is an Echo by Carl Sandburg is one of her inspirations.

Hope is an Echo

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.

Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white

The evening star inviolable over the coal mines,

The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night,

The blue hills beyond the smoke of the steel works,

The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,

The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,

The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,

The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolve—

Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.

The spring grass showing itself where least expected,

The rolling fluff of white clouds on a changeable sky,

The broadcast of strings from Japan, bells from Moscow,

Of the voice of the prime minister of Sweden carried

Across the sea in behalf of a world family of nations

And children singing chorals of the Christ child

And Bach being broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

And tall skyscrapers practically empty of tenants

And the hands of strong men groping for handholds

And the Salvation Army singing God loves us….

  • Carl Sandburg

Small Domestic Miracles: Works by Emily R. Shepardson

Emily Shepardson Monotype - Crossing into AutumnEmily R. Shepardson will be having a solo exhibition entitled Small Domestic Miracles in the Fisher Gallery of prints and paintings starting January 20, 2018 and running through March 5, 2018. There will be a artist reception on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018 2-4PM.

Emily is a printmaker and painter who describes her process has collage-like. For a print she will begin with a series of different plates and stencils layers and combined until the final image is achieved.

She describes small domestic miracles as household magic like soaking white napkins in bleach to remove food stains, or perfectly gluing a broken cup back together again. It could also be catching sight of a tangle of birds circling over the house or having a crow follow me to work. In my art, it’s a glimpse of a swan in the creek, or the shadow touch of a hand on your back.

You can follow Emily on Instagram at @shepardsonemily

Memory, Mostly Self by Wayson R. Jones

The Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center will display a unique series of acrylic portrait paintings by artist Wayson R. Jones. The show, Memory, Mostly Self, will be on display in the gallery from June 9 to July 30 with an opening reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Jones has used old snapshots of himself as a child to influence previous work. For Memory, Mostly Self, he wanted to combine the energy of his childhood image with archetypal images from popular magazines Ebony and Jet.

Cool Hat, powdered graphite, acrylic medium, gesso on paper, 14” x 17″

Theme & Variations by Sally Canzoneri

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will open its second show of the 2017 season on March 3 with the collection Theme & Variations by artist Sally Canzoneri. The art show will be on display through April 13 with an artist’s reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Old Street Suite, 6.25″ x 6.25″ x 1″, sculptural artist book

2017 Exhibition Roster for Schlesinger Arts Center Galleries

Thank you to all the incredible artists that submitted for the 2017 calendar year. We are excited by the excellence of working artists in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland region.  Our creative community is vibrant!.

Below is Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center – Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus list of exhibiting artists for the 2017 calendar year. The exhibition schedule will be forthcoming. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.

2017 Roster of Visual Artists for the Schlesinger Arts Center

Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery

Winston Harris
Wilfredo Valladares
Nahid Navab and Nasrin Navad
Kyujin Lee
Annie Farrar
Wayson Jones
Sally Canzoneri

Forum Gallery

Winston Harris
Cheryl Edwards

Forum and Passage Gallery

Maremi Andreozzi
Amelia Hankin
Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva & Sarah O’Donoghue

Passage Gallery

Emily Shepardson
Lina Alattar
Katherine Akey
Lisa Rosenstein
Lonnie Paul

Site Specific Installation

John M. Adams
Susan Hostetler

Defining Spaces: April 29, 2016 – June 5, 2016

Small Collective: Megan Leary | James M. Locke | Russell Creger Barajas

Russell Creger Barajas, Rebecca Up at the Pool , Inkjet print , 42”x42”
Russell Creger Barajas, Rebecca Up at the Pool , Inkjet print , 42”x42”
Megan Leary, White Dress, inkjet, 44” x 34”
Megan Leary, White Dress, inkjet, 44” x 34”
James M Locke, OUTLIER BARN with MILK CAN, platinum photograph, 12”X 15.5”
James M Locke, OUTLIER BARN with MILK CAN, platinum photograph, 12”X 15.5”

These photographs were all shot on large or medium format film, but the printing processes range from the hand-applied emulsion of platinum prints, to silver gelatin, to archival inkjet. Each of the three Small Collective artists has explored the spaces that tell our stories, those surroundings that define us. These are sometimes physical, sometimes emotional – evoking past and present, and the murky areas in between.

Small Collective is new. We share a common passion for analogue photography, and its continued artistic importance and vibrancy. Having met at the campus of NOVA Alexandria, we named our group after photography professor Joe Small, who brought us together and encouraged us to learn from each other in a communal atmosphere